Sirens & Gavels archive for March 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

Suspect arrested in Spokane rape from '99

A suspect was arrested this week in a rape that's been unsolved for more than 10 years. Robert C. Graham Jr., 30, appeared in Superior Court today via video from the jail, where he's been since his arrest on Tuesday. He's accused of raping a...

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2 beaten with crowbar in home invasion

Home-invasion robbers awakened two north Spokane apartment residents this morning by beating them a crowbar before stealing electronics.The suspects, 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson, were arrested after deputies spotted them in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo at the...

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Raids net child porn, meth, 3 arrests

A drug investigation uncovered child pornography at a Spokane Valley apartment this week.Jacque C. Bos, 49, is accused of selling meth to undercover detectives before they raided his apartment at 2400 N. Wilbur Road on Tuesday. Along with meth, detectives seized computers and other devices...

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Lawyer who targeted client's cash disbarred

By Thomas ClouseOne Spokane lawyer has been disbarred and another suspended from practicing law for three years by the Washington State Supreme Court for separate transgressions regarding their clients’ finances.Robert E. Beach III has been suspended for failing to comply with the rules of professional...

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Charge: Pot suspect harassed cop via text

The text messages to the Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy came after a raid at a suspected marijuana grow house. “(W)ee can either b friends or enemies,” the cryptic message began, urging police to drop their probe and alluding to dire consequences that could befall the...

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Silas Parks reacts to the announcement of charges against him during a court appearance in this July 1, 2009 photo in Moscow, Idaho. The Idaho man accused of killing his pregnant wife and then setting the home on fire has been freed after posting a $200,000 bond. (David Johnson / Lewiston Tribune)

Husband guilty in pregnant teacher's killing

(Joel Mills/The Lewiston Tribune) Sarah Parks’ family badly wants to know how she died. With that in mind, they are supporting a plea agreement that will send her husband Silas Parks to prison for a maximum of 40 years, Latah County Prosecutor William Thompson Jr....

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Second bald eagle found shot to death

A bald eagle was found shot to death in Riverside State Park last week - the second killed locally this month. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for tips that lead to the killer’s conviction. Apark...

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Mistrial declared in CdA hate-crime case

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the trial of three Coeur d’Alene brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic family in August. Kootenai County 1st District Judge John Luster declared the mistrial after Deputy Prosecutor Art Verharen played a recording of a 911 call...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

Body found in river is Spokane fugitive

A body found in the Spokane River west of Post Falls last weekend has been identified as 31-year-old Spokane fugitive wanted since December on car theft charges. A bail bonds company had offered a $1,000 reward for tips that led to the arrest of Christopher...

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No joke: New tickets for red-light runners 

Spokane drivers who run red lights at four new camera-equipped intersections can expect $124 tickets beginning Thursday. The cameras are located at Freya Street facing north at Third Avenue, Second Avenue facing west at Thor Street, Wellesley Avenue facing east at Ash Street, and Division...

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Hate-crime trial to begin in Coeur d'Alene

Three brothers accused of harassing a Coeur d’Alene man because of his ethnicity will stand trial this week in Kootenai County District Court. Opening statements are expected today in the trial of Ira Gino Tankovich, 47, Frank James Tankovich, 46, and William Michael Tankovich Jr.,...

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Jail rapist accused of failing to register

A rapist who sexually assaulted a Spokane County Jail cellmate five years ago now is accused of failing to register as a sex offender. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of Marcus E. Hardin, 38. Hardin, a transient,...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Man shot by officers assaulted police in '01

A gunman shot and killed by Spokane police on Friday had assaulted law enforcement in Vancouver, Wash., eight years ago. Todd E. White, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony third-degree assault in January 2002 — two months after he attacked two sheriff’s deputies...

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Police: Would-be shoplifter turns robber

A would-be shoplifting suspect faces a second-degree robbery charge after store employees said he assaulted them. Daniel F. Barcellos, Jr., 40, ran from the Big R store, 8307 East Trent Ave., on Saturday with a $200 leather jacket before trying to punch and shove three...

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Suspect arrested in burglary-turned-stabbing

A burglary suspect accused of stabbing a homeowner was arrested this weekend after nearly three months as a fugitive. Ronald D. Piercy II, 46, is in Spokane County Jail on $75,000 bail after appearing in court today on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault....

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Child molester could be locked up for life

A Coeur d'Alene man could be in prison for the rest of his life for two sex crimes, a judge ruled recently. Kyle Richard West, 41, will serve four years in prison before he's eligible for parole, according to a sentence imposed by Kootenai County...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Shooting suspect arrested after fiery crash

A man accused of a shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping toddler was arrested after a fiery car crash Friday night.Joseph L. Bledsaw, 25, rolled his 1997 Pontiac on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90 after police Officer Chuck Sciortino and Reserve Deputy...

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Possible witnesses named in Zehm case

Four Spokane Police Department employees have been named as possible witnesses in the federal trial of an officer charged in the death of Otto Zehm (right). Senior Police Officer Robert Boothe, Patrol Offier Jason Uberuaga, Detective Scott Lesser and Assistant Police Chief Jim Nicks are...

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Spokane police and Spokane County sheriff's deputies block off the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of East 36th Avenue in Spokane on Friday, March 26, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Man killed in police shootout had warrant

A shootout with police early Friday killed a Spokane man who investigators say threatened family in a dispute over firearms. Todd Ely White, 46, died after Spokane police officers returned gunfire in front of the southeast Spokane home of White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, and his...

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Police: Drunk man tried to revive roadkill

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man was charged with public drunkenness after he was seen trying to resuscitate a long-dead opossum along a highway. State police Trooper Jamie Levier says several witnesses saw 55-year-old Donald Wolfe, of Brookville, near the animal Thursday along Route...

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Theft suspect arrested after stopping cop

OREM, Utah (AP) — Utah police say a man accused of stealing two phones from a convenience store was arrested when he flagged down the investigating officer and asked for directions. Police say the officer noticed that John White (left) matched the description a store...

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Shooting ruled assault, not attempted murder

A Spokane man who shot another man at a park nearly two years acted maliciously, but he didn’t try to kill his victim, a jury ruled Friday. Aleksandr V. Pavlik, 26, was convicted of first-degree assault but acquitted of first-degree attempted murder for a shooting...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

Federal charges for heroin bust near school

A heroin bust near a Spokane Catholic school led to the indictment of three people in U.S. District Court this week. Richard J. Bordwell, Susan L. Goin and Lonnie R. Goin are accused of selling heroin out of an apartment at 807 E. Augusta Ave.,...

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State closes NASCAR gambling site in Valley

An illegal car-racing gambling Web site that authorities say a Spokane Valley man ran from his home may have operated undetected for as long as a decade. But the black flag dropped on the NASCAR gambling site Thursday when state officials arrested David B. Watkins,...

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Zehm's records released, not admissible yet

By Thomas ClouseA federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of the city of Spokane and granted a motion brought by the attorneys for Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to obtain Otto Zehm’s mental health records from a 2000 stay at Eastern State Hospital.However, U.S. District...

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